The truth about Climate Change

There is #climatechange.

I don’t need a scientist to verify this for me, i am alive and i can remember what my landscape used to look like and what is looks like now.

The sun is so hot some days that i feel it pushing my head down, a feeling i have never felt and then almost without warning the rain falls so hard. There is water everywhere, places where water knows it should not be but it dares me to push it back as it laughs at my surprise. Maybe the seasons have also been hit by this dark magic that permeates the people of the world to sit idly by and do nothing. Maybe it too has been hypnotized and dazed, no longer responding to stimulus or good sense.

Climate change

Like most things climate change begins with you in your community. If you think about the big picture and global warming you will be crippled. So you start small and you reverse the change that is affecting you personally.

If we all take a piece of the cake it will eventually have no cake left.

Join a Climate Support Group or follow pages for updates or start your OWN group in your area.

Caribbean Climate Trackers

NASA Climate Change

Climate Change Guide

I Heart Climate Scientists

Just begin by asking yourself: How has Climate change affected me and what am I going to do about it?

 

Marsha

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April 2017

How many more must die? Pick a number.

There is a heaviness in the world today, the people feel it even though we are afraid to admit it.

There is a deep uncertainty that leaders are still on our side. Where are the candidates of valor that we are waiting for? We elect the un-electable’ and hope for the best or better yet we ignore the electoral process entirely and still we hope for the best. It’s the first stage of dementia; to do nothing and expect something.

We have been chasing developing country status and the dream lifestyles feed to us by a wayward media and it has corrupted our natural instincts and dulled our reflexes. We see everything that is going wrong but we are moving in slow motion, hypnotized and dazed, our brains just aren’t responding to any stimulus.

What is this magic?

What is this disease?

I must snap out of it. I must hold myself and shake myself until i can feel again but it is too late because war is already on our doorsteps.

 

It would seem that my generation is doomed to see a great war worst than the wars we already know. Pieces of the war puzzle are just falling into place and like puppets they dance to the rhythm that says war, war and more war.

That thought does not make me happy.

You see citizens of countries who go to war have one particular thing in common: a government who do not speak for them. War is not a solution, it is a break down of governance and communication. War happens because of a “me” complex, there is no ‘us’ in war because if you stop to think about us, you would think. How may will die? What is an acceptable number? and no figure would be low enough but zero. So to protect “us” you will not go to war.  However since you are thinking about you (your money, your interests, your legacy, your pride), then you protect yourself and your family in your castle, in your tower with bodyguards and you leave the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

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The question remains.

How many more must die? Pick a number you are comfortable with.

 

Marsha

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April 2017.

Book of the Day resumes in 2017

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Caribbean Books Foundation’s Book of the Day promotional book feature resumes in 2017. It will run from the 1st January to 30 November 2017. 

Books from the online catalog are chosen randomly and by genre to fill this feature and are usually set a month in advance.

Authors who join the online catalog at http://www.caribbeanbooks.org are also welcomed to request a date to be featured if the date correspondence with a book launch or book giveaway.

Caribbean Books Foundation is an international platform that connects the Caribbean Community and its Diaspora through its literature.

 

 

 

 

I like to sleep in the New Year

I like to sleep in the New Year.

I admit it’s a super lame tradition but it’s me.  I meet the New Year in spirit in my dreams and wake to find the dawn instead of the darkness of the night.

I can’t say I am never awaken by fireworks or alerts on my phone wishing me a happy new year but I generally make no plans and fall asleep before mid-night as if it was any other night. I don’t begrudge being awoken around midnight but I am usually fast asleep before most people.

Nevertheless, I am cognizance of the fact that it’s a New Year – a New Year of wonder and blessings.

Here’s wishing that everyone meet the New Year in peace and receive bountiful blessings from the most high.

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Empress_Expressions – looking to 2017

8 Tips For Enjoying The Holiday Season — Critics May Lie

You ready for it? TIP ONE 1st Breakfast You should have this when you wake up to open gifts at dawn. Something more than lemon water, please. Remember, it is Christmas and crumbs look best in between wrapping paper. TIP TWO 2nd Breakfast A little heavier than 1st breakfast, this is the morning’s main […]

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New Book Traces Black Country’s Caribbean History

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The history of their journey is now a familiar one – arriving from the warmth of the Caribbean to a cold, often hostile Britain, which was sold to them as the Motherland that needed rebuilding–a report by Poppy Brady for The Voice Online.

RARELY is a book produced that so accurately reflects its subject matter: Black Country Roots, the story of the African Caribbean people’s experience of life in the Black Country, holds up a mirror to their lives.

But it’s more than simply a book – it’s a fine example of team work because it’s been written by the people themselves who have told their stories in their own words.

The history of their journey is now a familiar one – arriving from the warmth of the Caribbean to a cold, often hostile Britain, which was sold to them as the Motherland that needed rebuilding after the devastation…

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Come home …

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When i was younger i learnt about the ‘brain drain’ theory in school. It’s real. The ‘brain drain’ is the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector, or field for another usually for better pay or living conditions and guess where most of the drain ended up. In America.

For so many years the Caribbean has seen some of its best succumb to the allure of the American currency and so has many other nations. Citizens leave and pledge allegiance to the good old USofA and forget that their homeland need their talent, their wisdom and economics and their taxes to grow.

When i was younger i imagined people coming off the plane in New York City and a mesmerizing wind took away their senses. That could be the only explanation for leaving children to be called barrel babies and leaving parents to grow old and die without them. America was hypnotic black magic to my little mind. Today my family and my heart is in Trinidad so there is no temptation to find out what lies beyond the magic flight.

That said, i want immigrants to know that every time a professional chooses to work in another country or build a business in another land, the economy at home losses out on your contribution. Yes, go to the country educated yourself, learn a new skill, absorb everything but please come home. It’s time to turn the ‘brain drain‘ into a ‘brain gain.

I know today there are many second generations Caribbean national who were born and raised in America and its all you know but just like your grandparents who moved seeking better, you also have the option of moving back and not just because of the political climate but because you are a part of something more. You are always welcome because you can build a brighter future.

The economic climate in the Caribbean 50 years ago was very different from today. Today we are on the threshold of rapid economic growth, with technological advances and infrastructural growth. It’s a great time to help grow something that appreciates your effort. It’s time to MAKE the CARIBBEAN GREAT.

make-the-carib-great  Today you can return and be your own boss. You can apply to jobs from America at www.caribbeanjobs.com and come to the island prepared.

Don’t wait until you are deported or frustrated, make this an option upfront. After College say to yourself i wonder what the Caribbean offers. Come back home with granny and visit the beach every weekend, explore all your options.

 

Come home.

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No longer a hobby…

A year ago I went to a fashion show; each designer had at least twelve pieces of clothing. They each got their fifteen minutes on the catwalk and wowed. Models came out in style, designers bowed with their collection and they were ready to take orders. I sat there and imagined the catwalk full of authors with their books on show.

How many of us have one published book to walk down the catwalk proudly with?  How many of us have five to twenty works of writing to exhibit? At that time I had only one, that was properly edited and really public ready. I had a number of finished-to-edit and unfinished manuscripts with too many potential stories. I imagined my models on the catwalk with only one finished dress. The rest of my collection would be missing buttons or bottoms (endings). All the sides wouldn’t be sewn up; some would be hung together with pins.  I winched as I sat there thinking about my wild and crazy fashion show. Unlike a designer my product couldn’t be reviewed in fifteen minutes but all artists have one thing in common. They have to complete their work before they can show it and sell it.

Not one of those designers came to the show with one dress because it didn’t matter how dynamic that one dress was, it meant one sale while a collection meant multiple orders. An art gallery has the same mind-set. One glorious painting at the middle of the gallery you would never see. There is certain power in numbers: numbers to attract different tastes, numbers to widen the profit margin and numbers to establish a brand.

As a writer my brand is my books but I realized I wasn’t writing enough.

I know that writing isn’t a race and a fashion designer and artist isn’t a writer but the principle of sales is universal. If you have one product in a certain market, there is a point of saturation for that one dress/book. Soon your fans will look to see what else you have on the market. If you have a collection it is very likely they will buy another dress/piece if they loved the first but if you have nothing else to offer they move on.

That is the year I made up my mind to treat my writing as a business and stop calling it a hobby.

I stopped looking at one book and started to plan for the collection. I’ve known a number of authors who have published one book and the marketing work they did could have definitely covered five books at the same time. I placed my manuscripts in categories, I gave myself a monthly target of words and I made time to write even if it meant missing sleep and socializing.  When I print I want to have a very diverse book launch, nevertheless I have been publishing e-books as I go along.

One year later I have two distinct genres, the first is paranormal/folklore fantasy fiction which I write under the pen M. Mckie and children books which I write under Aunty Marsha Books. My collection is not yet complete but I like what I see and I build on it every day. My target is three books per year after the first launch (2017) in each category. I will also like to explore the young adult genre, contemporary romance and more magical realism in the future.

Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Book likes and Goodreads for occasional giveaways and new releases.

My website is http://www.marshagomes.com.

Call for Submissions: CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Anyone submitting?

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final_caribbean_logo_webCODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is now open for submissions! Eligible books and manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by October 31, 2015. Winners will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2016.

Description and Guidelines: In its third edition, the Award, established by Canadian education NGO CODE with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, aims to celebrate the literary achievements of Caribbean authors while improving young readers’ access to books that are engaging and meaningful to them.

Part of a global initiative also present in four African countries and Canada, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second…

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